Tag Archives: GEDmatch

LivingDNA Relative Update May 24, 2020

It’s been a long time coming, but LivingDNA has done a major update to relative matching. I had very few relatives listed on LivingDNA before today. I now have 662 matches (30/page), mostly in the U. S., but a few … Continue reading

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N.J. lawmaker wants to make DNA test results your personal property – WHYY PBS March 12, 2020

I noticed this on WHYY, a PBS channel – N.J. lawmaker wants to make DNA test results your personal property: By Joe Hernandez March 12, 2020 A proposal in New Jersey would make the results of a DNA test the … Continue reading

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Petition to Implement Informed Consent at GEDmatch — The DNA Geek

Now that GEDmatch is owned by the forensics company Verogen, there are concerns. Can a for-profit corporation that boasts they are “solely dedicated to forensic science” be good for genealogy? That is, can they serve two masters—genealogists and law enforcement—at … Continue reading

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Strong-armed by Gedmatch. “You will not be allowed to enter the site until you have accepted the Terms of Service.” — Cherie Lynn’s Herstory

They leave no choice. They write. Option #1 – Accept I have read the GEDmatch Terms of Service, and I agree to all terms. Click HERE to indicate that you accept all provisions described in GEDmatch Terms of Service. Option … Continue reading

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New owner of genealogy website GEDmatch vows to protect users from search warrants – ABC7 News December 12, 2019

Standard Disclaimer: I am not an attorney and any comments I post are not intended, nor should they be construed, as legal advice. If you need legal advice, please consult a legal expert who is familiar with the area of … Continue reading

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GEDmatch Acquired by Verogen — DNAeXplained – Genetic Genealogy

Until this afternoon, I had never heard of Verogen. Today Verogen “joined forces with” GedMatch. Based on reading the details, while the GEDmatch personnel are staying involved, the ownership and management appears to have passed to Verogen. I didn’t know … Continue reading

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The GEDmatch Warrant — The DNA Geek

This summer, GEDmatch was served with a warrant from an Orlando, Florida, court pertaining to a violent serial rapist. The warrant demanded access to GEDmatch’s entire database of users, including those who had not opted in to law-enforcement matching. A … Continue reading

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Timeline of Investigative Genetic Genealogy — The DNA Geek – DNA Saturdays November 16, 2019

I chose this re-blog from the DNA Geek as this week’s DNA Saturdays post as I think it’s relevant to what’s going on in the DNA world. This post lists key events in the evolution of “investigative genetic genealogy”, the … Continue reading

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There Is No Opt-Out — The DNA Geek

Today, the New York Times published a shocking article. Some time this summer, GEDmatch granted a police detective access to their entire matching database—including people who have opted out of law-enforcement matching—after receiving a warrant from a judge. Here’s a … Continue reading

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Comparison Between Me and My Two Nieces – AncestryDNA October 21, 2019

Today, I looked at my AncestryDNA results with my two closest matches – my sister’s two daughters. I hadn’t compared the amount of shared DNA between us before today when I was looking to see if there were new close … Continue reading

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